The Great Gatsby

I figured I should get this article in before people start getting involved in the film. For those of you who think books are boring (mugs) The Great Gatsby is F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel set in 1920’s New York which is currently being adapted to film; for the seventh time, by Baz Luhrmann.

The book follows Yale graduate Nick Carraway as he makes his first steps into his chosen career while chaperoning a number of affairs back and forth across Long Island. I thoroughly recommend it, considering its getting on for being a hundred years old it’s remarkably contemporary as well, it holds up against a lot more modern works.

I came across the book as the result of reading other great American authors, namely Salinger and Thompson. The book is mentioned directly in Salinger’s Catcher and I know through research that Thompson would type out the manuscript to The Great Gatsby just to get the feel for it.

What I will say is that while I’m sure it is safe in Luhrmann’s hands I worry I’m going to lose my vision of Major Jay Gatsby to DiCarpio forever later in the year.







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